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Yamaha P-255 digital piano revealed

January 24, 2014

Yamaha P-255

Yamaha P-255

Yamaha has updated its Yamaha P Series of digital pianos with the P-255. Yamaha suggests it has a more authentic piano sound and feel than before. It’s highly portable and can also be used with matching stand and three-pedal accessory, making it great for both on-the-move and in the home. In addition, an optional iPad app can be used to graphically alter the instrument’s settings.

The P-255 has three functions not found together on any other P Series instrument before:

  • Key-off samples: This feature reproduces the slight change in sound at the instant you remove your fingers from the keys. What’s more, different key-off sounds are produced for staccato and legato playing.
  • Sustain sampling: The resonance of the soundboard and strings heard when the damper pedal is used has been sampled in order to recreate this acoustic effect. The P-255 responds to how deep you depress the pedal.
  • String resonance: When the hammer of a grand piano strikes its string, the other strings will also resonate. The P-255 can reproduce this effect using its String Resonance feature.

Additionally, the P-255 uses the Pure CF Sound Engine for its samples.

The instrument has synthetic ivory key tops for a more authentic playing experience and with moisture absorption properties.

Its built-in circular speakers vibrate in a natural manner to produce a well-balanced tone. In particular, lower notes are richer than digital pianos featuring oval speakers. The P-255 also features tweeters, for improving higher note reproduction, and dual 15W amplifiers.

The Sound Boost button can be used to increase the volume and presence of the sound. Coupled with this, three EQ sliders allow more fine-tuning of different frequency ranges.

The P-255 also features rhythm tracks (ten in total), a range of other non-piano sounds including organs, a string section, basses and a wide variety of other instruments, variable touch response setting, direct-to-USB audio recording, and 256 note polyphony.

The free P-255 Controller App for iPhone or iPad lets you can control a wide range functions with an easy-to-use, touch-screen interface. This visual approach to configuring the P-255 makes it easy to try out functions that you may not have considered using before. Graphically choose which Voices to layer, adjust the split point, manage songs you record to a USB device and more, all with the touch of a finger. You can also use the app to store your favorite settings and recall them instantly whenever needed. Explore the settings and sounds of the P-255 even before yours arrives at home.

Full Specifications

Size/Weight

Dimensions Width 1,333mm (52-1/2”)
Height 148mm (5-13/16”)
Depth 351mm (13-13/16”)
Weight Weight 17.3kg (38lbs., 2oz)

Control Interface

Keyboard Number of Keys 88
Type Graded Hammer (GH) Keyboard with Synthetic Ivory Keytops
Touch Sensitivity Soft, Medium, Hard, Fixed
Display Type LED
Size 7-Segment
Panel Language English

Voices

Tone Generation Piano Sound Pure CF Sound Engine
Stereo Sustain Samples Yes
Key-off Samples Yes
String Resonance Yes
Damper Resonance Yes
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.) 256
Preset Number of Voices 24 ( Grand Piano: 4, E.Piano: 4, Organ: 4, CLV/VIB: 4, Others: 8 )

Effects

Types Reverb 4 types ( Room, Hall1, Hall2, Stage )
Chorus Yes
Phaser Yes
Rotary Speaker Yes
Tremolo / Auto Pan Yes
Equalizer 3 bands
SOUND BOOST 3 types
Functions Dual/Layers Yes
Split Yes

Rhythm

Preset Number of Rhythm 10
Functions Start/Stop, Intro/Ending

Songs

Preset Number of Preset Songs 24 Voice Demo Songs, 50 Piano Preset Songs
Recording Number of Songs 10
Number of Tracks 2
Data Capacity approx. 1.5 MB (approx. 550KB/Song)
Compatible Data Format Playback SMF (Format 0, Format 1)
Recording SMF (Format 0)
Other Functions Part Cancel, A-B Repeat, Start/Stop with pedal, Changin Voice & tempo after recording

Songs (Audio)

Recording Time 80 minutes/Song
Compatible Data Format Recording .wav (44.1 kHz sample rate, 16-bit resolution, stereo)
Playback .wav (44.1 kHz sample rate, 16-bit resolution, stereo)
Functions

Overall Controls Metronome Yes
Tempo Range 5 – 500
Transpose -12 to 0, 0 to +12
Tuning 414.8 – 440 – 466.8 Hz
Scale Type 7 types

Storage and Connectivity

Storage Internal Memory approx. 1 MB
External Drives USB Flash Memory (optional)
Connectivity DC IN DC IN 16V
Headphones x 2
Sustain Pedal Yes
Pedal Unit Yes
MIDI In/Out
AUX IN Yes
AUX OUT [L/L+R][R]
USB TO DEVICE Yes
USB TO HOST Yes

Amplifiers and Speakers

Amplifiers 15W x 2
Speakers (10cm + 2.5cm) x 2

Power Supply

Power Supply AC Power Adaptor (PA-300C or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha)
Power Consumption 15W (when using the PA-300C)
Auto Power Off Function Yes

Accessories

Included Accessories Music Rest Yes
Pedal/Footswitch FC4

Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Roland LX-15e gallery

January 15, 2014

Official photo gallery for the Roland LX-15e:

Roland HPi-50e gallery

January 15, 2014

The official photo gallery for the Roland HPi-50e.

Roland DP90Se/DP90e gallery

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Images from the official gallery for Roland’s DP90Se/DP90e digital pianos.

Roland RD-800 Stage Piano revealed

January 15, 2014

Roland RD-800

Roland RD-800 top

Roland RD-800

Roland RD-800 angled

Roland RD-800

Roland RD-800 on stand

Roland RD-800

Roland RD-800 back

Roland has updated its RD line of digital stage pianos with the introduction of the RD-800.

Roland claims the RD-800 not only has a new, sleek look but also “many improvements in sound, feel, and versatility”.

Sound-wise, Roland has added more acoustic piano samples, plus authentic vintage electric pianos, organs, synth and other sounds designed to enhance live performance. Over 1,100 sounds in fact.

Also added is the Tone Color function knob which allows for dramatic sound manipulation in a single control.

The 88-key keyboard features the top-of-line PHA-4 concert keyboard with escapement and ebony/ivory feel.

Live Sets can be stored for quick recall in a performance environment.

The onboard Piano Designer lets you easily adjust overall tonal elements with familiar piano-oriented parameters such as string resonance, key-off resonance, hammer noise, and many others. Even deeper control is available with Individual Note Voicing, which allows you to adjust the pitch, level, and tonal character independently for all 88 notes. In addition to personal tone shaping, this unique voicing option is also useful for balancing the overall piano sound to perfectly suit the venue you’re performing in.

Roland RD-800

Roland RD-800 panel

Roland RD-800

Roland RD-800 panel

Feature list:

  • Professional stage piano with the acclaimed SuperNATURAL Piano engine plus many other top Roland sounds and features
  • Choose from a wide selection of acoustic pianos voiced for live playing, including a new Concert Grand tone derived from the V-Piano Grand, upright tones, and more
  • Newly enhanced SuperNATURAL-based electric pianos and clavs with authentic vintage sound and feel
  • Over 1100 additional sounds for versatility on stage, including Virtual Tone Wheel organs, vintage keys, modern synths, and many others
  • Roland’s top-of-the-line PHA-4 Concert Keyboard with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel, equipped with the latest touch-detection technology
  • Intuitive interface designed for easy operation while performing, with fast access to essential functions such as tone layering, keyboard split point, and more
  • Manipulate sounds quickly on stage via dedicated controls for Live Set selection, part levels, Modulation FX, Tremolo, Amp Simulator, and more
  • Tone Color knob provides complex tonal manipulation in real time with a single control
  • Color LCD and panel knobs with LED indicators provide easy visibility on dark stages
  • WAV recording/song playback and user memory backup with optional USB flash memory
  • Master MIDI keyboard controller features; four external pedal connections (Damper, FC1, FC2, and EXT)
  • 1/4-inch and balanced XLR stereo output jacks; convenient 1/8-inch stereo input for connecting a music player or other device
  • Sleek, durable design with reduced weight for easier transport
Roland RD-800

Roland RD-800 panel

Roland RD-800

Roland RD-800 artistic shot

Get a full description at Roland Connect.

Rick Wakeman bigs up Korg in digital piano guide

January 7, 2014

Keyboard virtuoso and all-round good guy (if at times a bit ‘grumpy’) Rick Wakeman has stamped his name firmly in the Korg army when it comes to buying a digital piano.

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of Yamaha digital pianos, but there’s no doubt Korg make some crackers as well.

This light-hearted video guide takes less than five minutes to watch but has enough decent information in it to get you started on your hunt for the perfect digital piano, even if you don’t end up getting a Korg.

He uses the Korg LP380 in his demonstration. Check it out:

Korg tinyPIANO designed for children

January 7, 2014

Korg tinyPIANO

Korg tinyPIANO

When we wrote our guide to buying a child’s first electronic keyboard we hadn’t seen this gorgeous new toy piano from Korg.

The aptly named tinyPIANO is a small yet perfectly formed digital piano designed to be played by babies, toddlers and young children.

Korg says that “first impressions stay with us. If it’s an instrument, the sound of that instrument continues to reverberate in our hearts and minds even when we become adults.”

They have deliberately designed the tinyPIANO to be accurately pitched and with a range of high-quality sounds. Features include:

  • Accurate pitch and true tone
  • Fashionable and cute, with a serious sound engine
  • Twenty-five built-in sounds provides tremendous versatility over traditional, mechanical toy pianos – plus it will always be in tune
  • Fifty built-in demo songs to enjoy even when you’re not playing
  • Small, easily transportable and powered by AA batteries or power adapter
  • Choose from four colors: black, red, white, and pink

Check out this cute little promo video:

Here are the full specifications of the tinyPIANO.

Keyboard: 25 key [C4 – C6] (Natural Touch Mini Keyboard, Velocity sensitive)
Sounds: 25 (Toy Piano, Acoustic Piano x 3, Electric Piano x 2, Organ x 3, Music box x 2, Bell x 3, others x 11)
Demo Songs: 50 (Toy Piano Demo x 4, Music Box Demo x 21, Piano Demo x 20, Others x 5)
Key Transpose: Yes
Octave Shift: Yes
Connections:
- Headphones (Stereo mini jack type*, also used as an audio output)
*The sound will be monaural
- DC9V in
Amplification: 1 Watt
Speakers: 8 cm x 1
Power Supply:
- AA alkaline batteries x 6, or NiMH batteries x6
- DC 9 V (Optional AC dapter )
Battery Life: Approx. 15 hours (using Six AA alkaline batteries)
Power Consumption: 2 W (Rated)
Dimensions (W x D x H): 383 × 258 × 282 mm / 15.08 × 10.16 × 11.10 inches
Weight: 4.7 kg / 10.36 lbs (including Batteries)
Color Variations: Black (tinyPIANO-BK), Red (tinyPIANO-RD), White (tinyPIANO-WH), Pink (tinyPIANO-PK)
Accessories: Six AA batteries (for verifying operation)
Options: AC Adapter (DC 9V)

Exact pricing and availability are to be confirmed, though it probably won’t have a tiny price tag. We’ve heard rumours of it being available in February 2014.

Casio Celviano AP-245 limited edition digital piano coming to UK in Fall 2013

August 6, 2013

casio-celviano-ap-245-limited-edition-uk Casio has announced that the UK market will gain a new limited edition model in its Celviano line of digital pianos, arriving in the Autumn and so available for the busy Christmas period.

The Celviano AP-245 will feature much of the same technology as found in Casio’s other Celvianos, including the 88-note Tri-sensor keybed with simulated ebony and ivory key tops, A.i.R sound technology, a range of sounds, built-in recording, DSP (digital signal processor) effects, and USB connectivity for use with a computer.

It will feature the superb glossy black cabinet with sliding key cover, and come with a three-year warranty.

Andy Carvill, who heads the Casio EMI Division, said this limited edition model would offer “outstanding value for money”, suggesting it could also prove a significant boost for Britain’s Casio dealers.

Expected to retail for around £500, it’s not clear how many of the AP-245 will be manufactured, but they’ll be available strictly on a first-come-first-served basis. We’re not sure whether it will also be available in other countries.

There’s no definitive specification list at present but we’d expect it to be similar to the Casio AP-220.

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Casio Privia Pro PX-5S professional stage piano [NAMM13]

February 1, 2013

Alongside its new range of Celviano digital pianos, Casio has introduced the Privia Pro PX-5S professional stage piano.

The Privia Pro is a new category of Casio digital piano, targeted at professional stage pianists. Not only is it a digital piano but it can also serve as an advanced MIDI controller and performance workstation.

Casio’s new sound source AiR (Acoustic and Intelligent Resonation) is on board, delivering realistic, detailed acoustic piano sounds, as well as a range of authentic vintage electric piano and clavinet sounds. Additionally, the PX-5S features a large assortment of fully programmable sounds, including Hex Layer tones derived from the award winning XW-P1 synthesiser. Hex Layers can produce evocative synth sounds as well as complex acoustic and orchestral simulations.

Casio Privia Pro PX-5s

Weighing in at 24 pounds, the PX-5S can act as a four-zone controller, with four assignable knobs, six sliders, two pedal inputs, pitch and modulation wheels. Four independent and programmable arpeggiators allow the PX-5S to expand in to sonic territory by creating an array of animated textures. An eight track phrase sequencer allows the performer to trigger sequences and riffs which can be triggered and transposed and on the fly, allowing for unheard of performances by a single musician.

Performances can be recorded directly to a USB thumb drive as a 44.1kHz WAV file.

Specifications

Keyboard: 88-key, Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action II
Maximum Polyphony: 256 Notes
Number of Tones: 340 Preset / 220 User
Controllers: 4 knobs, 6 sliders, Pitch & Modwheel, 2 Pedal Inputs
Arpeggiator: 4 simultaneous programmable
Phrase Sequencer: 8 Tracks, up to 1,000 phrases
Storage: USB / File & Audio Recording
System Effects: Reverb, Chorus, Delay, String & Damper Resonance
Insert Effects: 4 simultaneous / Equalizer, Compressor, Limiter, Enhancer, Early Reflection, Phaser, Chorus, Flanger, Tremolo, Auto Pan, Rotary, Drive Rotary, LFO Wah, Auto Wah, Distortion (w/ Amp Simulator), Pitch Shifter, Multi Chorus, Ring Mod, Delay, Piano effect
Master Effects: 4 Band EQ & Compressor
MIDI: Independent USB & MIDI I/O
Audio Terminals: 1/4″ L&R Input & Output, 1/8″ Audio Input
Weight: 24 lbs

The Privia Pro PX-5S is available for a RRP of $1299.

Casio Celviano AP-250, AP-450, AP-650 digital pianos [NAMM13]

January 25, 2013

Casio has unveiled the latest three models in its Celviano series of digital pianos.

With over three times the waveform memory available in previous models, plus Casio’s Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator (AIR), the AP-250, AP-450 and AP-650 digital pianos are worth taking a look at. (Compare all three models)

Their cabinetry has been modernised and come complete with a piano bench, stand and three pedals. They feature 88 keys using Casio’s Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action system with simulated ebony and ivory textured keys.

The AP-450 and AP-650 can record 44.1kHz quality audio of a performance directly to a USB memory stick.

The AP-250, will be available in black or brown for an MSRP of $1399.99; the AP-450 will be available in black or brown for an MSRP of $1699.99; and the AP-650 will be available in black only for an MSRP of $1999.99.

Casio Celviano AP-250 Specifications

Casio Celviano AP-250BK

Casio Celviano AP-250BK

Keyboard: 88 keys, weighted scaled hammer action, Tri-Sensor keys:
Touch Response: 3 Sensitivity levels / Off
Sound Source: AiR (Acoustic & intelligent Resonator)
” Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source ”
Acoustic Resonance: Yes
Polyphony (max): 128
Tones: 18
Reverb: 4 types
Chorus: 4 types
Brilliance: -3 ~ 0 ~ +3
Layer/Split: Yes
Registration Memory: -
Duet Mode: Yes
Preset Songs: 60
Metronome: Yes
Transpose: 25 steps (-12 semitones ~ 0 ~ +12 semitones)
Tuning Control: A4 = 415.5Hz ~ 440.0Hz ~ 465.9Hz
Recorder: 2 Tracks / 1 Song
USB Storage (to PC): Yes
Speakers: 4.7” x 2”
Amplifier: 8W + 8W
:
Terminals:
USB: Yes
Pedals: Built-in 3 pedals
Half-Damper pedal Operation
Headphone Hook: -
:
Accessories:
AC Adaptor: Yes
Pedals (Half-Damper pedal Operation): Yes
Bench: Yes
Music Stand: Yes
Score Book: Yes
:
Dimensions and Weight:
Unit size w/stand: 54.2″ x 17.0″ x 33.1″ (w/o score stand)
Unit weight w/stand: 87.1 lbs.
Boxed size: 58.7” (W) x 22.6” D) x 19.5” (H)
Boxed weight: 125.7 lbs.

Casio Celviano AP-450 Specifications

Casio Celviano AP-450BK

Casio Celviano AP-450BK

Keyboard: 88 keys, weighted scaled hammer action, Tri-Sensor keys, Ivory Touch
Touch Response: 3 Sensitivity levels / Off
Sound Source: AiR (Acoustic & intelligent Resonator)
” Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source ”
Acoustic Resonance: Yes
Polyphony (max): 256
Tones: 18
Reverb: 4 types
Chorus: 4 types
Brilliance: -3 ~ 0 ~ +3
Layer/Split: Yes
Registration Memory: Yes
Duet Mode: Yes
Preset Songs: 60
Metronome: Yes
Transpose: 25 steps (-12 semitones ~ 0 ~ +12 semitones)
Tuning Control: A4 = 415.5Hz ~ 440.0Hz ~ 465.9Hz
Temperament:
Recorder: 2 Tracks / 1 Song
USB Storage (to PC): Yes
Speakers: 4.7″ x 2 / 2.0″ x 2
Amplifier: 20W + 20W
:
Terminals:
Line Out: Yes
USB: Yes
Pedals: Built-in 3 pedals
Headphone Hook: Yes
AC Adaptor: Yes
Pedals (Half-Damper pedal Operation): Yes
Bench: Yes (height adjustable)
Music Stand: Yes
Score Book: Yes
:
Dimensions and Weight:
Unit size w/stand: 54.2″ x 16.8″ x 33.1″ (w/o score stand):
Unit weight w/stand: 89.3 lbs.
Boxed size: 58.7″ x 22.6″ x 22.0″
Boxed weight: 137.8 lbs

Casio Celviano AP-650 Specifications

Casio Celviano AP-650MBK

Casio Celviano AP-650MBK

Keyboard: 88 keys, weighted scaled hammer action, Tri-Sensor keys, Ivory Touch
Touch Response: 3 Sensitivity levels / Off
Sound Source: AiR (Acoustic & intelligent Resonator)
” Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source ”
Acoustic Resonance: Yes:
Polyphony (max): 256
Tones: 250
General MIDI Compatible: Yes
Rhythms/Auto-Accompaniment: 180
Reverb: 4 types
Chorus: 4 types
Brilliance: -3 ~ 0 ~ +3
Layer/Split: Yes
Registration Memory: Yes
Duet Mode: Yes
Preset Songs: 60
Metronome: Yes
Transpose: 25 steps (-12 semitones ~ 0 ~ +12 semitones)
Tuning Control: A4 = 415.5Hz ~ 440.0Hz ~ 465.9Hz
Temperament:
Recorder: 17 Tracks / 5 Songs
USB Storage (to PC): Yes
Display: LCD with backlight
Speakers: 6.3″ x 2 / 2.0″ x 2
Amplifier: 30W + 30W
:
Terminals:
Line Out: Yes
Line In: Yes
MIDI: Yes
USB: : Yes
Pedals: Built-in 3 pedals
Headphone Hook: Yes
:
Included Accessories:
AC Adaptor: Yes
Half-Damper pedal Operation: Yes (seamless recognition)
Bench: : Yes (height adjustable)
Music Stand: Yes
Score Book: Yes
:
Dimensions and Weight:
Unit size w/stand: 54.2″ x 16.8″ x 35.9″ (w/o score stand)
Unit weight w/stand: 110.7 lbs
Boxed size: 58.7″ x 22.6″ x 24.9″
Boxed weight: 164.2 lbs

Compare all three models.

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